Why Lipoedema Should Be Taken More Seriously

Lipoedema is a condition that is affecting (mostly) women across the North West and nationwide in other areas.

The symptoms of this condition is swelling (sometimes severe) and pain.

In fact, some women reported concerns that they fear they may end up in a wheelchair if the condition is not managed or controlled.

This results in serious effects on both physical and mental health.

However, despite the symptoms a recent decision in England has meant that sufferers of lipoedema can no longer get the proper treatment they need, instead some only being offered compression socks to help relieve pain.

Therefore, many women were left looking elsewhere for treatment but found it to be costly and unaffordable.

For example, one of the most effective treatment methods of lipoedema is to remove the fat from the affected areas using liposuction.

Depending on the severity of the condition, there are various liposuction methods available under both general and local anaesthetic that can quickly relieve symptoms and make the condition more bearable to live with.

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Lipoedema & Lymphoedema

Lipoedema and lymphoedema are both chronic, long term conditions that can seriously effect physical and mental health in women.

Both conditions are often confused with one another and misdiagnosed in many cases.

In addition, patients can sometimes have both conditions at the same time, which causes huge strain on the lower body and energy levels.

However, despite having many similar symptoms, the difference is that one is an abnormal build up of fat (lipoedema) and the other is a build up of fluid (lymphoedema).

The best time to diagnose lipoedema is in its early stages. This means that within 12 months of showing signs, the patient should speak with a specialist and understand their options both short term and long term.

Because lipoedema is difficult to diagnose and is often confused with other conditions or even obesity, patients are sometimes let down and that they struggle later in life due to delayed treatment or misdiagnosis.

The reality of living with lipoedema

Depending at which stage lipoedema is diagnosed, the reality of living with the condition can be unbearable at times and extremely life limiting.
In fact, in severe cases, lipoedema can add up to an additional three stone in weight, on top of your overall body weight.
The reality and perspective of this is to imagine carrying around shopping bags with 30 pairs of shoes in - it would quickly take its toll on your body - and that is just in your legs.

Lipoedema can be diagnosed at any age in your life. However, some women don't receive a diagnosis until they are in their fifties, despite having symptoms when they were thirty years of age.

One of the signs to look out for is sore legs after exercise such as walking.

If you think you may have lipoedema, by all means view photos online to see if there are any similarities, but always speak with a specialist to confirm the diagnosis.

Measures can be put in place before surgery is considered and small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference

Speak with us anytime on 0161 507 8822.and ask as many questions as you like. Our highly skilled and friendly staff will help you btain a clearer picture and potential treatment plan going forward so you can start enjoying your life to the full.

What is Lipoedema and How is it Treated?

Lipoedema hit the news in the UK recently as some hospitals started limiting their services for this condition depending on severity.

But what is lipoedema and how is it treated?

Lipoedema is when the legs are abnormally large due to an increased number of fat cell deposits.

This disorder can get worse over time and people who suffer with lipoedema can experience painful symptoms.

Women are the primary sufferers of this chronic condition but it can also affect some men.

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Symptoms of lipoedema include:

- Enlarged lower body regions due to abnormal number of fat cells. This includes; butt, legs and thighs. In some cases womens arms can be affected too.

- Painful or tender body parts.

- Broken veins under the skin in the legs.

- Cold arms and legs.

Note: Lipoedema is not to be confused with Lymphoedema, although lipoedema can cause fluid build up, which makes the legs look worse because of the swelling.

What causes lipoedema?

The cause of lipoedema is not known. However, research has shown that hormones and genetics may play a part.

In addition, people can be more prone to lipoedema if they are obese or overweight. But it is important to note that obesity in itself does not cause lipoedema.

Due to the broad nature of lipoedema, it can be difficult to diagnose and many patients in the UK are misdiagnosed on a regular basis.

How is lipoedema treated?

There are a number of treatments available for patients suffering with lipoedema.

Physio and an exercise regime can help curb some of the symptoms of lipoedema and may ease the condition.

However, each person with lipoedema is affected in different ways and depending on the severity of the condition will receive different treatment options.

One of the reasons why lipoedema hit the headlines in Manchester and other UK regions is that some hospitals started to restrict care for this condition for patients without severe symptoms.

However, sufferers of lipoedema are not always making a cosmetic decision and the chronic condition can cause both physical and emotional issues.

One effective treatment for lipoedema is liposuction.

Depending on how long you have had the condition and how severe it is, you may benefit from various lipo techniques to remove the excess fat build up, thus restoring a more natural contour and easing symptoms.

It is also worth bearing in mind that some women can wait years for a diagnosis and often the condition gets much worse before it gets the attention it needs.

Local anaesthetic is used to numb the areas whilst liposuction is carried out and a specialist surgeon is able to sculpt the body (legs) to a more desired shape.

To find out more about lipoedema treatments in Manchester and surrounding areas, call us for a friendly chat and discuss your options on 0161 507 8822.